In 37 years we have not built one of these designs, as standard. Every person is different and everyone wants something unique. It’s best to use these floor plans as a rough template, to start the design process. Everybody makes changes. Rooms can be added or made larger and wider decks added. Larger windows can be adapted to take advantage of the views. We can turn a normal pitched roof into rounded one., Put a skylight into a roof that normally doesn’t have one. Clients can even swop certain design features from one design to another
As we said in the sloping site section, but it’s worth repeating Because of the views the entire design must revolve around the views with as many habitable rooms as possible. Living, family, dining and kitchens are the priority rooms, but if we can position a few bedrooms onto the views, so much the better.
We take open plan living, to the extreme. Large covered deck areas are essential and ideal for barbecues as they are usually the entertainment centre of the house especially if they are close to the kitchen and dining areas. Privacy is another important factor. You tend to be much higher up off the ground than other neighbours to start with , plus the house us usually another 2,5 M up off the ground. Building above ground level also allows natural breezes to flow under the house and makes for a cooler environment.
Building on the natural contours of the land means less impact on the site as excavation is kept to a minimum. This also eliminates the need for ugly and expensive retaining walls. The degree of slope on your site helps us determine whether we opt for a flat, split or 3 level floor, configuration. (See drawings)